President Trump announced Tuesday that he has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose a ban on bump stocks -- a currently legal device that allows semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic fire.
BREAKING: President Trump directs Justice Department to ban gun modifications like bump stocks used in Las Vegas massacre.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 20, 2018
President Trump has directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to clarify if bump stocks are illegal and to propose regulations to “ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 21, 2018
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President Trump is taking the first steps toward tougher gun regulations one week after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He says lawmakers need to focus on strengthening background checks, and he also wants to ban bump stocks https://t.co/0XS6D1j8qH pic.twitter.com/EYsNVKcuhA— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2018
Stephen Paddock used a bump stock to kill 58 people (and injure hundreds more) in the Las Vegas shooting in October.
This is the right move. One that I called for early in the wake of the Las Vegas attack and voted for in the House last December. https://t.co/Fqhip6yf4c— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) February 20, 2018
Many have expressed that they feel the timing of Trump's request to ban bump stocks is odd, as it comes months after the Vegas incident, and as a bump stock did not play a role in Parkland, Florida's school shooting last week.
(A bump stock ban would not have prevented the Parkland shooting. The shooter did not use a bump stock.)— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) February 20, 2018
I suggest: "How completely does the NRA own gun policy? The president's big change is that mass shooters will have to... *pull the trigger more than once* to kill a dozen kids.— David Solimini (@CommsDirector) February 20, 2018
No one needed a bump stock to kill 17 in FL. Or 20 first and second graders in CT. Or 32 at VTech."
Personally, I feel like progress is progress.
I don't believe common sense gun reform should be a partisan issue -- and while I didn't vote for President Trump (and am frequently alarmed and disappointed at his behavior), I will take what I can get. Banning bump stocks is a start, even if the gesture comes a little late. Better late than never, right?
What do you think?
Don't go gettin' all excited about #Trump banning bump stocks.— 🖕🏻Aunt Crabby 🖕🏻 (@DearAuntCrabby) February 21, 2018
- Sessions will drag his feet
- I don't believe it can be done be Executive Order.
- If legislation is required, it will never was Republican House.
- Lastly, the NRA
Trump strengthening background checks and now supporting the ban on ‘bump stocks’ while supporting 2A is the right move. I hope he also address the filing and recording of suspect behavior that will appear on background checks. Finally some guts on this issue!— Deplorable (@4USAtoday) February 21, 2018
Glad the bump stocks will be banned. But, not exactly a brave stance by Trump against the NRA,, as the NRA has said after Vegas shooting, they should be taken off market as well! Trump will brag he is tough on guns now but this will be the only action he takes!!!— Robert (@ColSand42) February 20, 2018